Career Planning Where to Get Training
You have an extremely specific goal in mind, but you need additional training. The career eBook offers eight diverse ways to get additional career training. By locating the local training opportunities in your area ahead of time, when you are laid off you will not waste more time searching them out. You will have already developed a plan that includes who to contact and when in the event of a job loss.
Volunteer opportunities are discussed to get employment training, however, there are specific qualities that volunteer position must have for it to benefit you. Make sure you do not take a volunteer position that only offers you menial tasks since these will not help to advance your search in any way. The career e-book is clear on how to get a training position that can be put on a resume and eventually serve as a stepping-stone to your future career.
If you have followed your plan closely, when the emergency arises and you lose a job, you may even already know faces or have names and phone numbers you can call to help jumpstart your networking strategy. You will not be faced with the prospect of sitting home, unable to formulate a plan or know whom to turn to. You will have an innovative idea who might be able to help you in your job search or career switch.
The career e-book discusses the pros and cons of online resources. They can be an effortless way to get your name into the public arena very quickly. Online sites can also be a place where many defraud artists and time wasters reside too. You want to be technically savvy and make effective use of online resources while minimizing their potential to side-track you completely.
In addition, online resources are for a particular category of jobs. You can have enormous success with entry or mid-level range job postings on online bulletin boards, but you will have no luck if you are an executive. That is because the more confidential a job is, the higher it pays, the more likelihood it will not be posted publicly online. Find out where to go to see executive postings and what online resources can be better than others.
Your Seven-Day Career Plan
If you have read the career e-book, you will have the tools and strategies necessary to make your career dreams come true. It will take a lot of work on your part and research too. However, it can offer you a way to plan your switch in a smooth manner, even if that switch comes suddenly in the form of a layoff notice. So, do you know what you would do if you suddenly became a layoff casualty?
Would you be able to implement the seven-day career plan effectively? Obviously, it takes more than seven days to prepare, but once you are forced to go up to bat, that is when you can be glad you had some idea of how to hit a homerun, instead of striking out.
Let us assume that day one is the day that you are walking out of your previous employer’s company into your new life. It does not matter if that change came about because you planned it that way or because you got a layoff notice. The moment you realize that you are about to head out the door of your old company is the day the clock starts ticking on your seven-day plan.
You get home and now you know what to do. You take out your career survival kit and make sure that is as up to date as it can be. You take out your career plan with the two choices for careers you had entertained in the past, and you decide to either go for one of these or stick with the work you currently do. You update your research and make sure it is still valid. You will have a clear idea of which of your skills are marketable, if you kept your career plan in shape, and which need to be upgraded.
Since you were aware that many people face the prospects of having two or three career paths in their lifetime, you are not caught completely off-guard. You might have a side business that can be expanded already in place. You might have a part-time job that has been offering you some needed training skills. Now, you can ask for more hours. You might even be in school. Seek out internships or employment opportunities there, even if they are temporary. The only things that can derail your plans now are finances, so you start to see if you are in decent shape.
You have a set period before your lack of employment might affect your credit. Use that time to refinance high interest loans, take out credit lines for future use, and re-organize your finances. Seek to reduce your expenses and find ways to increase your income – any income for now. Make sure to apply for unemployment compensation as soon as possible.
Having gotten your finances and plan in place, now you want to start to network immediately. Continue to attend the professional organizations you joined. Be sure to carry cards with a contact number that they can reach you. You need to come clean to anyone that you are in the market for a job or looking to switch into a new career. Now is the time to get returns on any favors you may have made during the time leading up to your layoff.
You will be calling to make appointments with all the local agencies and recruiters that you investigated earlier. You should have a clear idea of who to call and how to network at this point. If not, the chances of you making a successful career change in seven days is zero.
You should be sending out resumes and cover letters to employers that are looking for your skills. One of the first places that might be hiring is your previous company’s competitor. If you want to stay in the same type of position, it does not hurt to know who they are and contact them when you are laid off. Just make sure you did not sign any non-compete agreements or you will not be able to be hired.
After you have made your phone calls and set up appointments to meet with people you know face-to-face, then you should investigate the online resources. If you have not posted your hiring information online, now is the time to do so. If you are not currently employed, the Internet can be a wonderful marketing tool for someone looking for a job.
If you are not looking for a job, but seeking to expand a business concept, then you will be working towards expanding your customer base and seeking out new business. You will want to use all the resources at your disposal, both online and offline. Look at what has made you money in the past and just do more of the same to increase your income, for now. You can get more creative after the fiscal crisis is over.
As you continue to network and establish a bigger circle of contacts, you will start receiving feedback on your chances at employment. The feedback can be very subtle, so you must be on your toes to not miss it. If after calling various people, no one wants to return your calls, then you know you have a problem. It could be you have suffered a loss of reputation, your skills are not marketable, or everyone is in the market for a job, and you are one of many contacting that person.
Do not take it personally. If you have established some good contacts throughout your years of association with other professionals, you will eventually get a response from someone who can help. Remember that it is often a matter of timing as to whether an opportunity comes your way or not. Use the feedback to modify your goals, your presentation, and your public image.
As you network and seek openings, remember to keep your skills up-to-date and your professional image as polished as possible. If that means that you take work on a volunteer basis to get you more skills, then that is something that can keep you busy and your spirits up too. Just always seek to make sure that any free work you do is done with the intention of helping your career goals in the future.
Do not succumb to using your free time for work that is not going to contribute to your goals in the end. You must be single-minded on placing your feet firmly on a path that is not only satisfying to you personally, but that also can be lucrative.
Take advantage of any free seminars or job placement services offered to people who are unemployed. Spend your time seeking out professionals in the area you are targeting so that you can network with them. Do not just focus on making them your stepping-stone to employment, also show your interest in the career path they are in. This is far more attractive than a person who appears desperate to get a job.
If you have followed all the steps outlined, you will be getting closer to your target day-by-day. It may take seven days; it may take 30 days. It can even take years if continuing education is involved. The key is to be able to weather a downturn in finances by having several options available to you. This makes you less desperate to take the first offer that comes along and gives you time to make a career change that is meaningful and lasting.
The process can be reviewed every week and re-established, using the same formula. As they say, rinse and repeat.
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